Kerikeri Rotary creates options

Kerikeri Rotarians want to hear from people who would like to get involved with its community development projects without the formality of joining Rotary. They also want residents of the town to use the group’s website (www.kerikerirotaryclub.org) to submit ideas for projects it can support.

The group built the community barbecues at the Stone Store Basin and, more recently, has been working with Vision Kerikeri to build the new Wiroa Stream walking trail. It is also heavily involved with youth development and local education initiatives and its major annual fund-raiser, the Kerikeri New World Rotary Garden Safari, is taking place this year on Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November.

Newly-elected Rotary Club of Kerikeri President Ian Faulkner wants residents of the town to explore new ways of getting involved with the group. He has taken over from former President Bruce Mathieson and is continuing the group’s drive to attract new members and local community development projects of interest.

Mr Faulkner said the 37-strong club was one of the most active and healthy in the region but that he wanted to encourage more professionals and parents of young families to join. To help this happen the group has introduced a lunchtime meeting once a month and got rid of the rule that members had to attend most of its gatherings.

“We’re aware of the time and social pressures that people now operate under and we’re adapting to accommodate these,” he said.

Anybody interested in becoming involved with Rotary projects or becoming a member of the Rotary Club of Kerikeri should send an email to secretary@kerikerirotaryclub.orgor contact the group through the ‘Get involved’ page on its website (www.kerikerirotaryclub.org).

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New broom. The Rotary Club of Kerikeri’s new President, Ian Faulkner, presents the Past President’s pin to outgoing office-holder Bruce Mathieson. Mr Faulkner wants residents to join the group or to become involved in its community projects as non-member volunteers.

New broom. The Rotary Club of Kerikeri’s new President, Ian Faulkner, presents the Past President’s pin to outgoing office-holder Bruce Mathieson. Mr Faulkner wants residents to join the group or to become involved in its community projects as non-member volunteers.

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